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verb call pronunciation in British English /kɔːl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycall
he/she/itcalls
present participlecalling
past tensecalled
past participlecalled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to use a particular name or title for someone
    call someone something:

    Her name's Elizabeth, but we call her Liz.

    call someone by their nickname/surname/middle name:

    The teachers always called us by our surnames.

    1. a.
      to give someone or something a name or title
      call someone/something something:

      If the baby is a boy, they'll call him William.

      Have you decided what to call the dog yet?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to describe or refer to someone or something in a particular way
    call someone/something something:

    The President called him 'a genuine hero'.

    I would call what's happening there a war.

    sometimes/commonly/often called:

    It is sometimes called the Garden State because there is so much green.

    1. a.
      to criticize someone, or to say unpleasant things about them
      call someone something:

      They called me stupid and useless.

      Are you calling me a liar?

      call someone names (=unpleasant names):

      The other children teased her and called her names.

    2. b.
      to say that something is a particular amount, although this is not the exact amount
      call something something:

      You owe me £5.30 – so let's call it £5.

    3. c.
      to describe yourself in a particular way
      call yourself something:

      He has no right to call himself a socialist.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to telephone someone

    He called her from the station.

    For more information call 0800 521 382.

    call (someone) to do something:

    Let's meet next Friday – I'll call to confirm.

    See also  collect2
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to speak loudly, or to shout to someone who is not near you

    Did you call me?

    Her father called up the stairs.

    call to someone to do something:

    He called to the driver to stop.

    call to someone for something:

    Paul called to the waiter for another drink.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to say loudly the names or numbers on a list

    When I call your name, raise your hand.

  6. 6
    [transitive] [often passive] to ask or tell someone to come to a place, usually so that you can talk to them
    call someone across/up/over/to etc:

    She called me up to the office to explain.

    He called me over and gave me a telling-off.

    be called to a meeting/the telephone:

    He's been called to a meeting with the vice-president.

    be called before something:

    Robinson was called before the commission last week.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to telephone a person or organization that provides a service and ask them to come

      Can you call a taxi for me?

      call the police/the fire brigade/an ambulance:

      Jack went to call an ambulance.

      Eventually the police were called.

      be called to something:

      Firefighters were called to a blaze at a school.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to order someone to be present or give evidence in a court of law

      She was scared she would be called to give evidence.

  7. 7
    [transitive] to announce that an event such as a meeting or election is going to happen

    Harris wants to call a meeting to discuss the new proposals.

    He should dissolve parliament and call an election.

  8. 8
    [intransitive] if a train, bus, or ship calls somewhere, it stops there during its journey
    call at:

    This train calls at Hagley and all stations to Birmingham.

    1. a.
      to stop at a place on your way to another place, usually so that you can do something
      call at/into:

      Can you call at the shop on your way home and get some milk?

    2. b.

      call

      or

      call in

      or

      call round

      to visit someone, usually for a short time

      I'll call tomorrow and we can discuss it then.

      call to do something:

      James called to see you.

  9. 9
    [intransitive/transitive] to say what you think will happen, for example in politics or business
    hard/difficult to call:

    The situation in the East is hard to call.

    It's very difficult to call the market.

    1. a.
      to say which side of a coin you think will be showing when it comes down after being tossed in the air
      call heads/tails:

      When Neil tossed the coin, she called heads and won.

    See also  close2

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